CA A.B. 3069
Background and Procedural Information

On March 6, 2008 Democratic Assemblymember Fabian Nunez introduced California Assembly Bill 3069 (C.A. A.B. 3069).  This is an amendment to the California State Constitution that would result in a nine-member independent redistricting committee.  As of June 3, 2008 the proposed amendment has been re-referred to committee after it passed its third reading in the California State Assembly.   

Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?

Single seat districts are not a requirement or otherwise implied.  

Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (e.g. can the commission use voter history information)?

No.  The bill does not provide the restriction of voting history information.   

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

The Governor, Senate Majority Leader, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Assembly Minority Floor Speaker, and Senate Minority Floor Leader each pick two retired or sitting judges to serve as members of a Judicial Council.  The judicial council will pick fifteen people from the largest political party in the state, the second largest political party in the state, and people who are not members of either of the largest political parties in the state.  Half of the judges on the judicial council must be retired and half must be sitting.  Also, half must be members of the largest political party in the state and half must be members of the second largest political party in the state.  The governor may strike two members from each pool.  Lots are cast to select three members from each pool for a commission of nine members.
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

No. The proposed amendment does not include any information on the formation of districts including favoring competitive districts.  

Under the proposed legislation, can members of the public submit plans?

Yes.  The Commission will also hold hearings in all areas of the state to receive comments and plans from the public.  The Commission will also make any computerized data or preliminary maps available to the public.   

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

No.  The legislation allows for only the initial redistricting session per ten-year period.    
June 18th 2006
Where politicians dare to tread
San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board endorses the British Columbia Citizens Assembly approach to electoral reform, specifically noting the potential for proportional representation in California.

March 21st 2006
Real redistricting reform is proportional representation
San Francisco Examiner

Rob Dickinson of Californians for Electoral Reform writes a commentary on how recent proposals to make the redistricting process fairer miss the mark. For real progress in how we elect our representatives, we need to turn to proportional voting.

March 1st 2006
Tanner redistricting bill gains Senate sponsor
The Hill

Senator Tim Johnson introduced a companion bill to Rep. John Tanner's federal redistricting reform legislation. The identical bills, supported by FairVote, would set up state commissions to handle redistricting only once a decade.

December 20th 2005
Overhaul of state electoral system sought

Following on the heels of the defeat of redistricting reform in California, Republican and Democratic legislators plan on introducing legislation to create a citizens assembly for election reform and discuss proportional voting for the state.

December 11th 2005
A Dramatic Idea for Election Reform
New York Times

A Times reader highlights the fundamental weakness of any single-member district-based system: gerrymandering is unavoidable.

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